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January 19th, 2022

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It's January 19th, 2022

Dear readers,

Happy Wednesday! It's our 50th issue of The Times.

Speaking of doing things consistently, now that we are halfway through the first month of the year, how many of you are still going to the gym?

Did you know that most people only last until the second Friday of the new year? In fact, the popular fitness app Strava celebrates the second Friday of the new year as, "Quitters' Day."

So if you're still at it, give yourself a pat on the back and take solace in that you're doing better than most.

As you know, I personally don't believe in new year resolutions but Oliver Charles sure does. Only instead of resolutions, we call them OKRs ("oh-kers").

More on the Oliver Charles OKRs in my update.

Let's get into it!

  • Microsoft Acquires Activision
  • Free COVID Tests
  • NFL Playoffs
  • Pig Heart Transplant
  • Oliver Charles Update

Microsoft Acquires Activision

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Talking Points:

  • Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it plans to buy Activision Blizzard Inc. for $68.7 billion. The legendary gaming studio is responsible for Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, to name a couple of the globe's most popular games.
  • Gaming has always been core to Microsoft's strategy, and the acquisition will help the company compete with Sony's Playstation. Additionally, the acquisition will help Microsoft position itself as a major player in the impending metaverse.
  • This is Microsoft's largest acquisition to date and comes amidst claims of sexual misconduct and discrimination at Activision.
Read more about the acquisition >>

Free COVID Tests

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  • On Friday, the Biden Administration announced it would start distributing at-home, rapid COVID-⁠19 tests to Americans for free. Starting January 19th, Americans will be able to order their tests online. Each person will get four tests and can order them one at a time.
  • The announcement comes just as many experts predict the peak of the current wave is nearing. It's an example of the economic difficulty of producing and distributing tests when we need them most.
  • The Biden Administration ordered 1 billion tests in an effort to make free testing more accessible. It's expected to take the USPS 7-12 days to deliver the at-home tests, so it's not clear how much impact these tests will actually have.
Get your free COVID test >>

NFL Playoffs

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Talking Points:

  • The NFL playoffs started this weekend after the league's initial 17-week season was capped with a tumultuous ending as players contracted COVID and had to be sidelined. This is also the first year that there are 14 playoff teams instead of 12.
  • According to the oddsmakers, the Green Bay Packers are still the favorite to win, followed closely by the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • NFL teams that make the playoffs do not make that much extra money because of the league's structure. However, the NFL will generate an additional $150 million in revenue due to the two extra playoff games this year.
The 2022 playoff schedule >>

A Pig Heart For a Human

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  • Last week, a medical miracle occurred. Doctors announced they had successfully transplanted a heart from a pig to a human. Ok. Ok. Let me clarify. The heart was a human(ish) heart that was grown inside a pig.
  • It was a groundbreaking procedure that may lead to new supplies of animal organs for transplant into human patients. Last year, some 41,354 Americans received a transplanted organ. There are currently more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for organs.
  • The pig heart had 10 genetic modifications, including the removal of four pig genes and the addition of six human genes. So far the heart is working as it should and the patient is recovering normally.
Why this is a huge deal >>

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Oliver Charles update

Ahhhh OKRs, a three-letter acronym that'll make any management consultant foam at the mouth.

It stands for "Objectives and Key Results." It's basically just a fancy way of setting goals.

You may remember that last week I told you we were doing some OC goal setting and planning. Well after about 40 hours of debate, battle, and comradery, we've come up with our plan for 2022.

So here are our 3 biggest initiatives for 2022.

1. The Launch of The Yak Mobile: Yes, you read that correctly.

2. Custom Sizing: An everyday sweater should fit f**king perfectly.

3. 11 New Products: New styles, new colors, and new yarns.

Bonus: A new and improved version of the New Yak Times.

Until next time, keep building 💪.

Tobias
CMO @ Oliver Charles
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